****A message to the Church****
Sometimes I feel like a stranger on the outside looking in
Judgmental looks remind me I am laden down with sin
Yes I know my shoes are dirty and I’ve traveled off the road
And I know I’ve squandered many of the seeds that you have sown
But we all have wandered a time or two or three or four or five
For some it can take a lifetime for them to finally arrive
I admit that I’m not perfect, and I never claimed to be
I do not have all the answers, I don’t always clearly see
But you treat me like a sinner who has never seen the Light
And you tell me I am dead and doomed to perish in the Night
Unless, you say, I follow the road that you mapped out for me
Which is different than the Bible but you say it will set me free
Faith is the recipe for salvation and faith without works is dead
But if that is what I believe then clearly the Bible I’ve misread
To be saved I must be baptized and must always go to church
I must partake of communion after my heart I’ve carefully searched
I must tithe a fixed percentage of all the income that I make
Or on Judgment Day when I’m at the gate, me the Lord will forsake
I must follow all your rules and all your lists and regulations
And I must not criticize when you meet not my expectations
Because you tell me I am free but I feel laden down with chains
And I worry that I won’t measure up or heaven will attain
Is it such a surprise that I run from you and my back is at the door?
That I throw off all your burdens and cast your chains onto the floor?
For I seek a faith that’s real, a faith that’s genuine and true
A faith where salvation does not hinge on a long list of to-do’s
Love the Lord and love your neighbor, isn’t that what Jesus said?
And the law will be fulfilled, or do you think he was misled?
Did he shed his blood so that you could make your own rules up instead?
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1).